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Denis Diderot: Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers



Published over the course of more than twenty years (1751-1777), the 32 volumes of the Encyclopédie include 21 volumes of text with more than 70,000 articles on subjects ranging from asparagus to the zodiac. The remaining 11 volumes contain beautifully engraved plates illustrating many of the articles. The Encyclopédie was the major achievement of the French Enlightenment whose aim, in Diderot's words, was to "change the common way of thinking" through the expansion of knowledge and the development of critical modes of thought.

Read more, and also see all the engravings at:
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/did/

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